Archive for February, 2012
acrylic on Gallery Guide. painted mid-'90s, scanned/resized/rendered to jpeg 2011
Recently a teaching assistant at NYU published an essay saying that his generation mediates all its art through Facebook. Do you agree?
No. That guy hates his own generation and is selling them short with that theory. Also considering the timing of the publication [coinciding with Facebook's IPO] it reads like a long ad for Facebook. You can almost hear the PR flack: "850,000,000 users and even artists like it!"
So you think an artist, or a "young artist," as the expression goes, can exist outside of Facebook?
Please. There are thousands of places where your "online expressions" will look better than they look on Facebook, with its cramped page design and cumbersome navigation. Facebook actually puts up obstacles for animators, or anyone who likes to work large. Just hypothetically, one could be active on tumblr, twitter, dump.fm, a group site such as phone arts or Loshadka, and/or have a Word Press or Google blog and get all the exposure and interaction you could want -- assuming you had something to say.
What about the idea that "the economy of liking" is a new kind of conceptual/performance art?
That's just cynicism and self-loathing raised to the level of a theory. This generation deserves more enthusiastic spokespeople, willing to go outside one social media enclave for a few minutes.
Why do you hate Facebook?
It's fine for people have a place to hang out and talk shop and keep up with their friends and frienemies. Claims that this is somehow art, or a replacement for art, are just too depressing to be considered.
posted to dump.fm a while back by JSP
posted to dump.fm tonight by plams - i cropped/enlarged
posted to dump.fm a while back by frankhats
Encouraging news on the Gulag USA front:
Early this year, the United Methodist Church Board of Pension and Health Benefits voted to withdraw nearly $1 million in stocks from two private prison companies, the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
The decision by the largest faith-based pension fund in the United States came in response to concerns expressed last May by the church’s immigration task force and a group of national activists.
“Our board simply felt that it did not want to profit from the business of incarcerating others,” said Colette Nies, managing director of communications for the board.
Update: The bad news is CCA is offering to buy whole prison complexes from cash-strapped states in exchange for promises that the prisons will remain 90% full.
161 million souls reside inside this Book of the Damned.
Forced to deal every day with ungenerous page layouts, bad-looking visuals, cumbersome navigation, endless time-wasting dramas involving fake friends and stalkers.
Every click going straight into government filtered databases.
Even the "glitch community" and other so-called intellectuals have sold their souls to a rich, mentally ill eternal college sophomore and his backers.
PRAY FOR DAY
PRAY FOR THEM
"Kick Echoes" [2.3 MB .mp3]
Electronic kick drum tuned to exotic settings with hardware-sampled delay, reverse-delay and pitch shift. Multi-tracked; a few notes from another synth come in at the end; some reverb added.
rendering by RYZ; concept by yours truly
This paragraph from Jennifer Chan's essay on internet art commodification haunts me:
In terms of art criticism, independent yet reputable art review blogs such
as networked_performance, Furtherfield, and Art Fag City offer casual criticism
and image posting to reinforce the exhibition value of net art through the
reblogging and citation of existing art practices. The aforementioned image
blogs are run by contemporary artists who are active within internet art
communities. The presence of such websites forms an alternative venue for
tastemaking and art distribution. While operating without large jurying committees
at museums or galleries, the apparent anonymity and professionalism of these
media aggregating website-galleries cause them to appear as though they are
institutions in and of themselves.
It's good to acknowledge alternative venues but other assumptions in that short statement could use more scrutiny:
(1) Galleries and museums are institutions. Most galleries start with an opinionated person hanging a professional looking sign outside a ground floor retail space (with reduced rent to attract higher-paying tenants) and many never leave this stage.
(2) Institutions are marked by large jurying committees. Yet museums routinely turn curation chores over to solo artists, such as Jeff Koons or (shudder) Rob Pruitt.
(3) Art review blogs exist to "reinforce exhibition value." Possibly these sites write about certain art because they like it and feel it isn't being covered adequately elsewhere.
(4) Art review blogs are about "tastemaking," "media aggregating," and/or "art distribution." This a tawdry explanation for criticism.
(5) Affecting "apparent anonymity and professionalism" is a bid for institutional status. Only the battered photocopy look is acceptable for zines?
Late addendum to the "wtf is a net artist" list:
-- Someone from the group of people that everyone's always complaining about being lumped together in the same online gallery exhibitions.
Per Nicholas O'Brien: "One such criticism of the overall impact of these spaces comes from the striking similarity of artists shown in these venues."
It's not that the artists are similar to each other, it's that the shows are similar for including the same group over and over. When one of these artists criticizes the work of another (as happened in Paddy Johnson's GIF show last year), ugly name calling quickly commences.
What I learned from Facebook’s [S-1] filing was that they have 161 million active users who actually go to Facebook.com each month. That’s not shabby — but it’s a far cry from the MAU claims of 850 million.